Julian's Billabong Pro Tahiti win puts him in 5th place with 4 Events to go: this year's title race is ripe for the taking.
4 events remain and he's had wins at 2 of them.
The win moves Wilson up into 5th place overall, amongst fellow Aussie Surfers Matt Wilkinson and Owen Wright. With 4 events left Julian is in a great position considering he’s won 2 in the past. The Ripcurl Portugal Pro and the crown of the tour: the Billabong Pipe Masters.
A Physical Battle best "left in the water"The grinding waves of Teahupoo are a world away from his Coolum Beach home but Julian’s outstanding tenacity and power riding prowess earned him the top spot. Often referred to as the best surfer to not win a title we reckon he’s still going from strength to strength. The fact he was the youngest ever recipient of the Young Guns Performance of the Year does not detract. Wilson's experience showed in the elbow-to-elbow battle throughout the entire finals.
Semi-consistent overhead pits proved to be challenging for the pair and Medina took an early lead with a solid 17.87. His first proper wave saw him air-drop into the bit and earned a solid 9.23. With 5 minutes to go he nailed a 9.73 and put it without of reach for Medina.
Springsuits in Tahiti?You don’t think of cold water when considering the Pacific paradise that is Tahiti yet we noted that almost everyone was rocking a spring suit. As we mentioned in our Styles blog there are benefits to a springsuit aside from it’s warmth most of all in relation to rashing.
The next event is the Trestles Pro in California, just out of LA, coming up on the 6th of September. Last year's winner, Jordy Smith, is currently sitting at number 1 overall, looking reclaim his trestles glory of last year.
Check out the WSL event page for all the highlights and full Billabong Pro Tahiti coverage of the finals! Photos via WSL / Cestari